Cops get Parsons Green bomber
BRITISH police have arrested an 18-year-old man over the Parsons Green tube station bomb that injured 29 people.
Kent Police arrested the man in the port of Dover, following a nationwide manhunt to find the person responsible for the terrorist attack.
A statement released by the Metropolitan Police said the man was being held in custody at a local police station and will be transferred to a south London police station under the Terrorism Act.
Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the arrest was a significant step forward in the investigation.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” Mr Basu said. “For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested.”
He urged the public to remain vigilant while police continue to work through the complex investigation. “We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place,” he said.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities have spent the morning contacting homes, businesses and sporting clubs as well as “reviewing security around transport networks” in their attempts to locate suspects.
Police have interviewed 45 witnesses and have received 77 images and videos from mem- bers of the public who were at the scene of the attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced the country’s security level had been raised to “critical” after the improvised explosive device detonated on a train at Parsons Green in southwest London.
The heightened warning came as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and issued threats that the bomber was part of a larger jihadist cell.
Mrs May urged the public to remain calm but to be alert to the threat of another attack.
“The public should go about their business in the normal way but be vigilant and co-operate with police,” she said.
As part of the tighter security measures, police will search members of the public and cars will be stopped at road blocks.
The crude homemade bomb left on the crowded London underground is reported to have contained nails and to be similar to devices used in the Manchester Arena attack and 2005 London bombings.
Flammable material packed in a white bucket along with fairy lights failed to properly ignite when it detonated about 8.20am, causing what witnesses described as a “fireball”.
Some reports suggested the device used the homemade explosive TATP, known as “Mother of Satan”. The explosive has been used in a number of attacks in Europe.
The device contained a timer so that it could be remote-controlled but security experts suggested the bungled explosion could have happened earlier than planned.